Maharashtra state in India was officially formed on May 1, 1960 and its capital is Mumbai.
Marathi language spoken by the Maharashtrian people of western India, which can be traced back far beyond the 10th century. Marathi language, originally evolved from Sanskrit, eventually was derived from Maharashtri Prakrit and Apabhraṃsha (“deviance”).
About 83 million people speak Marathi as first language and additionally 13 million as second language. It is the 3rd most spoken language in India, whereas the 11th most spoken language in the world according to the 2022 edition of Ethnologue.
Maharashtra is one of India’s biggest commercial and industrial centres. The state is a leader among Indian states in terms of agricultural and industrial production, trade and transport, education, and social reforms. Maharashtra state is also very popular for Music, Dance, Bollywood, and Festivals.
Maharashtra state has several famous personalities, great leaders, and social reformists. Sant Dhyaneshwar Maharaj, Sant Tukaram Maharaj, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Jyotiba & Savitribai Phule, Lokmanya Tilak, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Lata Mageshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, to name few and the list is endless!!!
The state has many forts, and ancient cave paintings found at Ajanta and Ellora are UNESCO World Heritage sites and popular tourist destinations. The Western Ghats or the Western Mountain range is the mountain range that covers an area of 160,000 km2 in a stretch of 1,600 km across six states is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight biodiversity hotspots in the world.
The Maharashtrian community of South East Queensland (SEQ) is one of the well-established and vibrant communities of the region. Brisbane Maharashtra Mandal (BRIMM) is proud to support the Marathi Language Programming Group of Radio 4EB to promote Marathi language & culture.
BRIMM is a not for profit community organisation based in SEQ representing Marathi community. BRIMM promotes social, cultural and community welfare activities within the Maharashtrian community.